Army War College Will Investigate Plagiarism Accusation Against Senator

The U.S. Army War College said on Thursday that there was “reasonable cause” to refer accusations of plagiarism against a U.S. senator to its Academic Review Board, which has the authority to revoke the graduation status of a former student. The accusations against the senator, John E. Walsh of Montana, a Democrat, were laid out in a lengthy article published on Wednesday in The New York Times.

Senator Walsh, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate this year to fill out an unfinished term, has said he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from military service in Iraq at the time he wrote and submitted the 14-page paper, a quarter of which the Times said was taken without attribution from other works. The paper was the final requirement for his master’s degree from the War College, a graduate-level institution in Carlisle, Pa., for Army officers selected for leadership training.

The review board, consisting of faculty members, will convene next month to assess the accusations and recommend action to the college, the Times reported.

There have been 8 cases since 1990 for which the Army War College revoked the graduation status of a former student after graduation: 6 for plagiarism and 2 for misconduct. If the plaque bearing graduates’ names has already been hung in front of the college, they have had their name removed from the metal plate.

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Education Dept. Identifies New Areas for Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage

The U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance on Thursday clarifying that it will recognize same-sex marriages for the purpose of providing in-state tuition to spouses of armed-service members, and determining eligibility for Parent PLUS loans and income-driven repayment of student loans.

The guidance was released in two “Dear Colleague” letters, one on the issue of in-state tuition and the other on PLUS loans and repayment. The letters are not the first to follow the Supreme Court’s 2013…


3 Big Art Collections Head for Stanford U. Arts Center

Jacob Lawrence designed this poster for the 1974 Whitney Exhibition. (Stanford U. image)

Jacob Lawrence designed this poster for the 1974 Whitney Exhibition. (Stanford U. image)

Stanford University has been given three big art collections, including more than 1,200 notebook sketches by Richard Diebenkorn, 26 works of art by Jacob Lawrence, and 3,600 contact sheets’ worth of photographic negatives shot by Andy Warhol, the university said on Thursday.

The Diebenkorn sketches—which span his career and have not been previously studied or published—are included in 26 notebooks donate…


Ohio State Fires Band Director for Tolerating Sexual Harassment

The director of Ohio State University’s marching band has been fired after an internal investigation found he presided over routine sexual harassment among students, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

A 23-page report on the investigation, conducted by the university, states that the director, Jonathan Waters, knew or should have known about a variety of inappropriate rituals and traditions among student members, including an annual practice when students march in their underwear, the expectation th…


New Front Opens in War on For-Profit Campus Services: Day Care

Faculty and staff members at two universities are criticizing their institutions’ decisions to transfer management of their child-care facilities to for-profit companies.

At Tufts University, parents have raised concerns that new management of its day-care facility, by the for-profit Bright Horizons Child Care, might hurt the center’s quality, The Boston Globe reports. “It’s kind of like if Tufts all of a sudden said, ‘Hey, incoming freshmen, we’re going to hand over management to a for-profit…


U.S. Senator’s Academic Thesis Contains Evidence of Plagiarism

Sen. John E. Walsh, a Montana Democrat, apparently plagiarized parts of his thesis on American Middle East policy, copying large sections from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace document without attribution, The New York Times reports.

The thesis, written while Mr. Walsh was completing a master’s degree at the United States Army War College, a graduate-level institution, concludes with six policy recommendations, all of which were copied from the Carnegie document nearly verbatim.

Mr. Walsh said on Tuesday that he didn’t think he had plagiarized the paper, adding, “I didn’t do anything intentional here.”

WASHINGTON – Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February. A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state’s National Guard, Mr. Walsh offered the Democratic Party something it frequently lacks: a seasoned military man.

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Minority Students Are Less Likely Than Whites to Be Admitted to British Universities

Students from minority backgrounds are less likely to be admitted to British universities than are their white counterparts, new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science shows.

Even when researchers accounted for academic achievement and social class, among other factors, minority students were less likely to be offered admission to British universities that accepted applications in 2008.

Pakistani applicants fared worst, according to the study, receiving seven fewer offers for every 100 applications.

Students from black and ethnic minority backgrounds are less likely to receive conditional university offers than comparable white British applicants, research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has shown.

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Governor Seeks Resignations of 2 Alabama State U. Trustees

Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama has asked the chairman and vice chairman of Alabama State University’s Board of Trustees to resign, in the latest skirmish between Mr. Bentley and the historically black institution’s board.

Mr. Bentley, a Republican, requested that the trustees step down a day after the president of Alabama State’s student government called on the same trustees to resign. Mr. Bentley said he had been excluded from receiving a proposed amendment to the university’s bylaws that would, among other things, allow a committee chair to direct the actions of the president.

Gwendolyn Boyd, Alabama State’s president, has also clashed with some members of the board, though she said on Tuesday that the university would “respectfully continue to move forward as these issues are being resolved.”

“I have read all of the material from all of the concerned parties, which includes the (ASU SGA) president, our alumni, friends, supporters of the University and Governor Robert Bentley; and we will respectfully continue to move forward as these issues are being resolved,” said Boyd.

Several attempts to reach Dean and Wiggins on Tuesday afternoon were unsuccessful.

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Cal State Cuts Planned Growth in Enrollment for Lack of Funds

The California State University system has lowered its plan to accommodate more students this fall after receiving less than expected in state appropriations, the Los Angeles Times reported. The 23-campus system, which drew 761,000 applications for admission this fall, a 2-percent increase, will be able to enroll 9,900 more students than last fall, but will have to turn away about 10,000 who are qualified to enroll.

Cal State Chancellor Timothy White spoke about the difficulty of balancing access with the need to provide academic support to current students.

“From an integrity point of view, when we open our doors, we want to be able to serve that student. If that means we have to leave another qualified student out, we need to do that, as tough as that may be,” White said.

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5 Academics Are Awarded 2013 National Humanities Medals

President Obama on Tuesday announced the 10 winners of the 2013 National Humanities Medals, which recognize individuals or groups whose work has “deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities.”

Among the winners are five people with academic ties: M.H. Abrams, a literary critic who taught at Cornell University for 38 years; David Brion Davis, a…